In the NBA, second round draft picks do not receive a guaranteed contract. For the Lakers, they ever hardly build their team through the draft, but rather rely on trades and free agency. Drafted 48th overall by Los Angeles, Ryan Kelly could be facing that harsh reality, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:
Lakers officially signed Marcus Landry, brother of Carl. Marcus might well make the team, helped by Ryan Kelly (foot) very possibly not.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) September 16, 2013
Marcus Landry was signed yesterday, and he showed a lot of promise for the Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League. Kelly has missed all of the off-season activities so far, as he battles a foot injury. Drafted out of Duke, he was seen as a stretch 4 that fits D’Antoni’s system perfectly, and was assumed to make the team. We will see how things unfold during training camp in LA. I just wish Landry would leave those dreaded sleeved jerseys in Summer League where they belong.
The Lakers are in an interesting time, as they are recovering from the departure of Dwight Howard, and dealing with an injury from Kobe Bryant. Check out what ESPN’s beat writer for the Lakers–Dave McMenamin–had to say about this season and more, in an interview with me yesterday.
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